4 of the Best-Ever Boxing Nicknames


The savage nature of top-level boxing lends itself to a certain level of theatrics.  Professional boxing is, after all, pure entertainment packaged in the form of sport.  Champions like ‘Marvellous’ Marvin Hagler, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson and Floyd ‘Pretty Boy’ Mayweather are probably best remembered for their nicknames rather than their career records.
 
Catchy names aren’t limited to individual fighters.  In the 1970’s a team of amateur boxers from Kenya were known around the world as the ‘Hit Squad’.  These talented combatants were the All Africa, Commonwealth and East and Central African champions.  They were, for all intents and purposes, trained assassins who knew how to fight!
 
The golden era of Kenyan boxing may have come and gone but there are plenty of fighters who have nicknames that clearly spell out their trade.  Here are 4 nicknames that speak volumes about the man and his fighting style:
 

Mike ‘The Body Snatcher’ McCallum


Mike ‘The Body Snatcher’ McCallum
 
Aggressive, pugnacious and hard-hitting, Jamaican boxer Mike McCallum earned his nickname for his savage body blows.  Along with his mean streak the legendary three-weight champion had the kind of technical nous that made him hard to beat.
 
Over a professional career that spanned more than 15 years ‘The Bodysnatcher’ recorded 49 wins out of 55 fights, 36 by knock out.  What made the International Boxing Hall of Famer such a tough proposition was his ability to weather blows to the chin and remain on his feet, notwithstanding what was thrown at him.

You might also like: 10 Greatest rivalries in boxing history
 
In fact, the WBA Welterweight, WBA Middleweight and WBC Light Heavyweight Champion never once hit the canvas in his five recorded losses.
 

Nigel ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Benn


Nigel ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Benn 

British boxer Nigel Benn was feared for his ferocious punching power and high velocity fighting style.  The son of Barbadian immigrants, Benn was a street fighter that knew how to destroy his opponents… hence the moniker “The Dark Destroyer’. 
 
The former solider in the Royal Fusiliers racked up a career record of 42 wins in 48 fights, 35 by KO.  He was crowned World Champion in two weight classes - WBO Middleweight and WBC Super-Middleweight – and is currently ranked the fourth best British super-middleweight boxer of all-time.

With the latest odds and the most up-to-date markets at Betway, boxing betting has never been so easy. Sign up now & bet with the best >>> bet with Betway!  

Bet on Boxing with Betway
 
Aside from his ferocity, fancy footwork and aggression Benn was a master of the hook, jab and uppercut.  Over a colourful career ‘The Dark Destroyer’ tamed some of the biggest names of the era including ‘Sugar Boy’ Malinga, Abdul Umaru and Gerald ‘G-Man’ McClennan.
 

Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield 

 
Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield

Named ‘The Real Deal’ after beating luminaries like George Foreman, Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson in the ring, Evander Holyfield is the only boxer in history to become the undisputed champion in two weight classes - cruiserweight and heavyweight.
 
The burly American once said he relied on his ‘warrior instinct’ to win bouts but is best remembered for fighting his opponents with intelligence and contained aggression.
 
A renowned infighter and fierce counter puncher, Holyfield is the first and only four-time World Heavyweight Champion.  He boasts an Olympic Gold medal in the light heavyweight division and a career record of 44 wins in 57 fights, 29 by knock out.
 

James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith


James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith

 
Former WBA Heavyweight Champion, James Smith was the KO King.  He won his title in a first round knockout, a feat which, along with hard hitting punching power and fierce demeanour in the ring, earned him the nickname ‘Bonecrusher’.
 
Smith’s hapless victims included premier fighters like Frank Bruno, Tim Witherspoon, Jesse Ferguson and Mike Weaver.  At the end of his career James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith had won 44 bouts out of 62, 32 of which were by knock out!


Bush Telegraph Video Slot


Play Bush Telegraph Video Slot at Betway Casino

Discover Kenya’s most popular casino games in between matchups!  

If you enjoy the smooth, fast play and thrilling bonus and reward features, you're going to love this exciting video slot and it's uniquely African setting that captures the vibrancy, colour and exotic wildlife of the jungle in sharp contrast to the advanced computer technology on which the gaming is based.

Bush Telegraph is a 5 reel, 15 payline, multiple coin video slot, featuring a Bonus Feature, 10x Free Spin Feature and a Gamble Feature. Try Bush Telegraph Video Slot for free or play for real money!

Betway Casino

For all the latest sports news, betting tips and promotions, follow Betway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube. Download the Betway App
 

Published: 01/23/2019